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Footville business park eyed for assisted living center

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JAMES P. LEUTE
January 24, 2008
— The village of Footville could be home to a 70-unit assisted living facility operated by the Janesville-based St. Elizabeth Nursing Home.

Plans are under way for St. Elizabeth to manage and run the as-yet unnamed facility, which could open in August, said Mother Marie Julie Saegaert, administrator of St. Elizabeth. The Connecticut-based Sisters of Charity owns St. Elizabeth, which operates the 43-bed nursing home at 502 St. Lawrence Ave., Janesville.


St. Elizabeth’s assisted living center would be a tenant in the new building, which a developer wants to build on a 7-acre site in Footville’s business park near Highway 11.


“We hope to break ground very soon,” Mother Saegaert said.


Lease arrangements with the developer still are being finalized, she said.


Marian Vogel, Footville’s village clerk, said the developer is Hawks Manor LLC, a group of several investors.


Earlier this month, the village approved a Hawks Manor request for a conditional-use permit so the assisted living facility could operate in the business park, which is zoned for industrial use and is a tax increment finance district.


Vogel said the village has not sold the parcel to the developer and instead is waiting on paperwork from attorneys for both the developer and tenant.


“Nothing has been signed yet,” Vogel said.


If it is built, the assisted living center will help fill a need in the area for an aging population, Mother Saegaert said. It also will help St. Elizabeth, which is landlocked in Janesville, to expand and diversify its services.


“St. Elizabeth in Janesville will remain where it is, as it is,” she said.


“We have no intention of moving or expanding the nursing home.”


Being a resident of the Footville facility will not guarantee people a spot in the Janesville nursing home, which is always full, she said.


Sisters from Connecticut likely will come to Wisconsin to help staff the new facility in Footville. A convent also is part of the 55,000-square-foot facility.


Lay people also will be hired.


The new facility will feature three sizes of housing units. The majority will be for single occupant, while a few suites will accommodate married couples. A third version will offer the flexibility for one or two occupants.


“There is a great need in this area for people who are not ready for nursing homes but who are not quite comfortable living at home any more,” Mother Saegaert said.



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